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Parapsychology - What Is Acupuncture?


Acupuncture is a five-thousand-year-old Chinese medicinal method that has lately been resurrected in China and presented to Western physicians.

It is based on the notion that subtle energy flows through the body in accordance with the Yin and Yang cosmic principles.

Yang denotes sunshine, activity, masculinity, and hardness, whereas Yin denotes darkness, moon, passivity, softness, and femininity.

Health and illness are influenced by the balance of these energy in the human body.

By placing needles at critical locations for varied durations of time, acupuncture treatment modifies these energy pathways.

Acupuncture may also affect anesthesia during surgical procedures.

Both ancient Chinese and Hindu medical systems have a philosophical or mystical perspective of the cosmos, and the concepts of Yin and Yang and subtle energy flows are similar to the Hindu yoga system's kundalini energy.

The asanas, or physical poses, in hatha yoga alter the vital energy in the body through affecting muscle tension and relaxation.

A comparison may also be drawn between Wilhelm Reich's ideas and his notion of orgone energy.

Shiatsu and acupressure, a kind of acupuncture without needles, as well as acu puncture maps for detecting ear and hand points, are examples of unique acupuncture advancements.

Dr. Lester Sacks, a Los Angeles physician, developed an ear acupuncture method in which an unique "gun" discharges a surgical staple into the ear at a specific acupuncture point to aid patients who desire to lose weight or quit smoking, drinking, or using drugs.

When the patient feels a desire building on, he wiggles the strap, and the yearning seems to go away.

The "MA-roller," a specifically formed wooden rod on which the patient rests, is a simple instrument for self-treatment of acupuncture sites on the back.

Great Earth Therapeutics, Forest Row, Sussex, England, markets it.

In 1928, the French consul in China, Soulie de Morant, returned to France with the writings he had translated into French and encouraged other doctors to investigate the practice.

Following WWII, interest in the subject expanded significantly across Europe and America.

A group of non-conventional doctors in the United States created the Acupuncture International Association in 1949.

In 1960, J. R. Worsley founded the Chinese College of Acupuncture in England.

However, in the early 1970s, when the United States rebuilt good ties with the People's Republic of China, acupuncture saw a big boost in popularity in the West.

The National Institute of Health sponsored an Acupuncture Research Conference in 1973, signaling formal support for acupuncture's claims to be tested.

A number of acupuncture books arose during the following several years, as well as acupuncture societies and periodicals.

Acupuncture has a large literature base, and various periodicals, such as Acupuncture News, American Journal of Acupuncture, and Journal of the Acu puncture Association of Great Britain, are now dedicated to the discipline.

1424 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036 is the address for the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

At 2140 Conestoga Rd., Chester Springs, PA 19425, there is also an International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.

Kiran Atma

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References And Further Reading:

Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. An Outline of Chinese Acupuncture. New York: Pergamon Press, 1975; Peking: Foreign Language Press, 1975.

Austin, Mary. Acupuncture Therapy. 2nd ed. New York: ASI Publishers, 1972.

Dubrin, Stanley, and J. Keenan. Acupuncture and Your Health. Chatsworth, Calif.: Books for Better Living, 1974.

Hashimoto, M. Japanese Acupuncture. New York: Liveright Publishing, 1968; London: Thursons, 1966.

Mann, Felix. Acupuncture. New York: Random House, 1963; London: W. Heinemann Medical Books, 1962.

Matsumoto, Teruo. Acupuncture for Physicians. Springfield, Ill.: Thomas, 1974.

McGarey, William. Acupuncture and Body Energies. Phoenix, Ariz.: Gabriel Press, 1974.

Nanking Army Ear Acupuncture Team. Ear Acupuncture: A Chinese Medical Report. Emmaus, Pa.: Rodale Press, 1974.

Nightingale, Michael. The Healing Power of Acupuncture. New York: Javalin Books, 1986.

Parapsychology - Academy of Parapsychology and Medicine.


A significant but short-lived organization created in 1970 in California with the fundamental concept that spirit and matter are one.

The real essence of healing, according to the academy, must be found in the oneness and connection of body, mind, and spirit in health and sickness.

Disease treatment should focus on the full person, and any long-term physical recovery should include mental, emotional, and spiritual components.

In a Western setting, this idea restates old Hindu yogateachings.

The academy provided symposia, seminars, and publications to its members (including APM Report, published quarterly for members).

The school presented its study results to both professional medical and lay groups after investigating paranormal and unconventional healing.

Between 1971 and 1974, it hosted seven major symposia, mostly in the San Francisco and Los Angeles regions, as well as Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia.

Acupuncture and biofeedback one-day seminars and nine two-day acupuncture courses were among the other activities.

The academy co-sponsored a conference on alternative methods to treatment of the developmentally impaired in June 1974, which was co-sponsored by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services' Division of Retardation.

The American Holistic Medical Association was founded in 1978 as a result of the academy's efforts.

The American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA) was founded in 1978 and is one of the country's oldest holistic medical organizations. 

Its more than 800 members are assisting in the transformation of healthcare by integrating all areas of well-being: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, environmental, and social. 

The American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA) was created with the objective of unifying licensed doctors who practice holistic medicine, and it was initially made up of exclusively licensed practitioners. 

AHMA today comprises both licensed and non-licensed practitioners and is a prominent champion for all licensed healthcare professionals to adopt holistic and integrative medicine. 

The group is still working to foster camaraderie and cooperation among practitioners, colleagues, and patients. 

"Transforming healthcare to a more holistic paradigm is part of our goal," says Terri DiPaola, AHMA's director of education and outreach. 

"That entails bringing the allopathic or conventional medical community together with the holistic medical community," she explains. 

This is accomplished through collaborating with other integrative health groups, such as the iMosaic conference, which will bring together three other key integrative healthcare organizations and over 1,000 guests next year. 

The AHMA's involvement, according to DiPaola, is a first step in working to promote integrative medicine in healthcare. 

AHMA is forming local chapters in order to reach out to more practitioners in their respective areas. 

Currently, the group has three local chapters, the biggest of which is located in Cleveland, Ohio. 

One of the advantages of local chapters, according to DiPaola, is that each site has speakers who talk on a variety of themes all linked to holistic health. 

"Our chapter meetings aren't just networking events; they don't just benefit our members—they're often instructional events for the general public," says DiPaola. 

AHMA intends to link consumers with holistic practitioners in addition to public education about holistic methods. 

"There seems to be a tremendous desire among the public not just to learn more, but also to be able to locate and visit these sorts of specialists," DiPaola observes. 

According to DiPaola, one example is the amount of money spent on complementary and alternative medicine in the United States. 

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Americans spent about 34 billion dollars on complementary and alternative therapies in the year 2006-07. 

DiPaola predicts development for both AHMA and holistic medicine in the future. 

"I only see interest rising because conventional treatment isn't working for a lot of individuals," she adds. 

"I only see our membership expanding, as well as the amount of chapters we have." The AHMA will continue to be a vital organization in promoting holistic and integrative medicine, with a mission to increase knowledge of and understanding of holistic medicine, as well as assisting patients in finding holistic healthcare practitioners. 

At, you may learn more about AHMA membership.

Further Reading:

The Dimensions of Healing: A Symposium. Los Altos, Calif.: Academy of Parapsychology and Medicine, 1972.

The Varieties of the Healing Experience. Los Altos, Calif.: Academy of Parapsychology and Medicine, 1971.

Kiran Atma

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